Published On: Tue, Oct 3rd, 2017

Tesla Powerpack Powers Water Treatment to Yarrabilba

Logan City Council’s Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance  has installed what is believed to be Australia’s first off-grid solar and battery storage system to include a Tesla Powerpack, as part of a micro-grid powered “electro-chlorinator” that will help maintain local drinking water quality 24 hours a day.

A brand new 95kWH Tesla Powerpack which includes 323 Photovoltaic panels have been installed at the site of the 20 Megalitre Round Mountain Reservoir.  The reservoir provides drinking water for residents of Yarrabilba, Flagstone, North Maclean, Spring Mountain and Woodhill. Up to 200,000 people will benefit from the solution by the time the region is fully developed.

The Tesla-supported micro-power grid and electro-chlorinator will provide around the clock solar-power to help maintain local drinking water quality 24 hours a day.  Already, council says the off-grid system has delivered local government a capital cost saving of $1.9 million and operational cost savings of around $50,000 per year.

“This is set to be one of the fastest growing areas in South-East Queensland over the next two decades but with that growth comes the issue of building assets larger than are needed right now,” said Logan City Mayor Luke Smith.

“We were concerned until demand increases, water stored in the network may age and not stay at the highest possible quality.

“The reservoir site is not connected to mains power or accessible via a sealed road so an innovative approach was required to maintain water quality from the reservoir.”

About the Author

- Glenn Batten is the Principal Licensee of First National Real Estate Yarrabilba which provides residential property sales and property management services throughout Yarrabilba estate.

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